Let's get serious about neutering
Neutering can help prevent illnesses and some unwanted behaviours. Rescue centres like ourselves are always full, and there are always lots of needy animals ready and waiting to come in, please neuter and help us to break the cycle!
Benefits of neutering
- Neutering has benefits not only to cats and dogs but also to rabbits and ferrets
- Neutering prevents females from coming into season, when they may attract unwanted male attention, become pregnant or have false pregnancies
- In male dogs and cats, neutering can reduce urine marking and roaming
- Neutering can reduce aggressive behaviour in mature male ferrets, as well as the smell often associated with them! Neutering a female ferret can also often prevent severe health problems such as alopecia and anaemia
- Unspayed female animals can be messy when they come into season - during this time, female animals can bleed for up to 3 weeks
- Animals don't respect family relationships - siblings will mate. This increases the risk of offspring with birth defects and deformities
- Neutering animals can reduce the risk of them being stolen for breeding
- Vet fees for problems during or after pregnancy and birth can be expensive. Offspring might need veterinary attention too
- Owners have a responsibility to meet their animal's needs under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Pregnant and nursing animals need even more care, and their offspring will be equally as demanding. When the young are ready to be rehomed, you need to ensure they are vaccinated, wormed, and flea-treated, which you will need to be able to afford
- Females are spayed - this means the womb and ovaries are removed
- Males are castrated - this means the testicles are removed
- Operations are carried out under general anaesthetic and animals usually recover quickly!
- The cost of neutering will be far cheaper than the cost of veterinary fees that could occur later in life
In a life-time one cat can give birth to at least 100 kittens. You can imagine how quickly the situation can escalate if all of her kittens survive and go on to produce the same number of kittens each. This is why it is essential that cats, both female and male, are neutered.
For further information on neutering, including common misconception, please see our blog post
or give us a call on 01332 344620. We do team up with local vets throughout the year to offer low-cost neutering so please do keep an eye on our Responsible Pet Ownership
page for details of this. If you need advice regarding this issue, please get in touch and we will try our best to help.